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Next Victim

(Abby Sinclair and Tess McCallum #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  788 ratings  ·  51 reviews
FBI agent Tess McCallum is obsessed with catching the serial killer who calls himself Mobius--the man who killed her lover. Now he's resurfaced in a new state with a new identity and a new means of killing. Mobius gets his hands on a chemical weapon that could raise his body count to thousands of victims. Now Mobius and Tess are engaged in a life-or-death game to the last. ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 3rd 2002 by Signet
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Edward Lorn
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Thriller fans
I first found Michael Prescott because I dug the cover for Stealing Faces when I saw it at Waldenbooks. This was forever ago, before even my daughter was born. I devoured this guy's entire catalog in a few months, and this was one of my favorites. I only took off a star because the bad guy's reveal was kinda obvious.

In summation: Michael Prescott, in my opinion, deserved a much wider success than he received. He was good enough to be a household name like Thomas Harris, but I don't think he eve
William Arsenis
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
NEXT VICTIM is the first book by Michael Prescott I have ever read.

Not as fast-paced as a Harlan Coben book, NEXT VICTIM nevertheless managed to hold my attention from the very beginning.

His prose is better than most best-selling authors in this genre, and you don’t have to be a Federal Officer to see that NEXT VICTIM was very well researched. Sub-plots were weaved expertly into the main story, and there were plenty of twists and surprises all the way to the very end.

It takes a hell of a lot to
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
VX/Whip Out.

We are always looking over our shoulders, careful about what information getting out about ourselves. But sometimes real terror right beside us and we know them. Very good thriller, might keep you up all night.
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
FBI Agent Tess McCallum is on the trail of a serial killer and for her it's personal. This is one relentless lady and the suspense builds with each page. The ending caught me by surprise! ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
smoking story...edge of your seat ride
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
What fascinates me is how the terrorism plot is deftly woven together with the serial killer plot, and how they affect each other. Both are hot topics in crime fiction right now, so figuring out how to join them together ought to make readers happy! I love that the woman delivering the terrorism materials is smart but has a blind spot. I also love how Mobius, instead of being mechanically repetitive in his actions, works new and interesting information into his plans. Most depicted serial killer ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Well, the plot of this one was actually better than the first one in the series, and this would have been a solid four star effort from me... were it not for the rampant, raging misogyny.

It's there in the first book too, but since it was centered around two psychopaths, I took it. In this book, it was incredibly normalized. Basically every male character in the book treated women like they were second class citizens - either hatred, desire, or protectiveness motivated every. single. encounter.
Renata R.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Unfortunately I haven't yet read the first book of the series to make a comparison but I really liked this one.

The plot is good and the characters are well developed. It's easy to be dragged into the story and play every scene in your head.
There's a lot of suspense on this one. I actually rushed trought the pages eager to see what happened next.
I also really felt like a detective and was in sync with the author. I don't know if it was obvious to everyone else but I wasn't fooled by Mobius. I act
May 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
An FBI agent with a personal interest in the case is in pursuit of a serial killer in this novel by Michael Prescott. Th beginning of the book has several seperate things happening that begin to tie together midway through the book. Prescott does a good job at keeping the reader guessing the killers identity. I thought I had it pegged until the big reveal at which time it was like the proverbial light bulb had been switched on. Nicely written mystery novel that those interested in the genre will ...more
Rosemary Dreyer
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Michael Prescott. There were things I loved: the PTSD of Tess; the three-dimensional characters; the fast action and twists in plot; the building tension. But there were also things I hated: how smart and fast-thinking Tess could be, yet turn around and do really stupid things; how sexist and racist Dodge seemed; how the end was too "let's have a confession." However, it was a mostly enjoyable ride (if one can describe it as such, considering it's about murder ...more
The Book Posh
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
This isn't my favorite Michael Prescott book, but he still weaves a good story. The suspense was rhytmic and the story was interesting. The story tended to wax and wane a little toward the end and the reveal of the serial killer was disappointing; it was too easy. I guess that's the purpose of suspense; the build up and then hit the reader with the unlikeliest of suspects. Prescott is one of my fave, underrated suspense authors on the planet. Decent read. ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Next Victim (Micheal Prescott) book 2

Tess McCallum, FBI Agent takes you on a ride you won't want to get off of until the ride ends in LA, a long way from Denver, Colorado. Fighting to find a serial killer, she loses a partner, five more victims, and another partner before almost losing her own life, but she prevails in the end. How you ask? Pick up the book and take a ride to hell. Great reading.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Another exciting read by Prescott. Nicely plotted, well-developed characters. I really learned to hate Michaelson. The only thing that bothered me was the constant switching of POV with no text breaks. This was the introduction of FBI Special Agent Tess McCallum. I've read books 2 & 3 of the Tess McCallum/Abby Sinclair trilogy. I have yet to read #1, Dangerous Games. I'll have to look for the ebook on nook. ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just like all the other Michael Prescott books I've read, I enjoyed this one. It was fast paced, had some humorous moments, and was nail-bitingly intense.

Tess is a great protagonist, she was tough, but not without her vulnerable moments. The identity of the killer totally took me by surprise, didn't see it coming at all!
linda kellogg
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Fast paced and relevant, it portrayed an environment that could be a reality today. Terror and chemical warfare in the U.S. is difficult to think about. The characters were not very likeable and I hope our law enforcement agencies work together and lose the attitudes.
Nov 06, 2007 rated it it was ok
Standard serial killer thriller fare. FBI agent is chasing a serial killer who previously ruined her life. Ends up being chased by him. Slight twist when a deadly toxin is added to the mix. Decent writing and handling of the subject.

Not bad, not great... I felt as if I'd read this book before, but realized about a third of the way through that it must have been the follow-up. Too many years between books! Anyway, as predictable as most of it was, I really didn't see it coming!
Jun 29, 2008 rated it liked it
I had the Killer pegged from the start but with a twist. Keeps you guessing.
Jun 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, horror
I thought this thriller/mystery was amazingly written; but at the same time I feel as if the author has been following a formula and is too predictable
Sep 26, 2010 rated it liked it
I like the heroine Tess McCallum but this book didn't do much for me. Well-written, yes. But I just don't care about terrorism and nerve gases. ...more
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015, scribd
This book kept me guessing until the very end- not only guessing who Möbius was, but also how the seemingly unrelated events tied together. Great, suspenseful read!
Paulette Ponte
Dec 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Pretty good. Not very realistic but kept me up reading really late.
Kim Arrowood
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great book from beginning to end.
Larry Smith
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another Michael Prescott Novel, good read.
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a great book that kept my interest until the very enough but not so fast you lose the meaning.
Priscilla Mccoy
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, took me a while to finish but felt it was soooo wort it.
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Definitely creepy but good suspense/murder mystery. One of MP's better books. Definitely pulled the wool over my eyes with the ending. ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
An interesting story with an ending I didn't see coming. Not sure how I missed it - a little disappointed with myself that I did. All-in-all, a good mystery. ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
good fast paced story, but a little too much swearing for my liking
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm used to reading this type of book. Usually, I'm not fooled completely. This one caught me blindsided... Just sayin'.... Think I'll look for some more of his books... ...more
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A pseudonym used by Douglas Borton, aka Brian Harper.

Douglas Borton grew up in New Jersey and attended Wesleyan University, then moved to Los Angeles and pursued a career as a screenwriter. After working with several independent producers, he eventually switched to writing novels, a much less stressful occupation. He has published 25 thrillers, starting with horror novels in the 1980s and continui

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